Christmas shoppers in Market Deeping and Bourne took time out from the frantic rush for presents to give generously to foodbanks in their area.
Volunteers from foodbanks in Deeping St James and Bourne collected both essential and festive food donations at Tesco stores over the weekend as part of the retailer’s Neighbourhood Food Collection.
The event was perfectly timed for the opening of a new foodbank at The Deepings School, Deeping St James, on Monday and spokesman Janis Hewitt said: “We had an amazing and overwhelming response from the public to our three-day collection at Tesco in Market Deeping.
“People of all ages showed huge generosity and as a result, we now have ample resources to help those in need across the Deepings area.
“The staff at Tesco were wonderful and very supportive to our volunteers who were tireless in running the collection over two-hour shifts and many of them also gave up their time on Monday to help with the unloading, sorting and storing of donations.”
Pastor Andy McManus of Bourne Foodbank said: “Our volunteers were at Tesco between 10am and 4pm on Saturday when about half a tonne of food was donated.
“One person left them with a trolley of shopping bags full of food which was a bit breathtaking and shows the generosity of people in Bourne.”